Milestone C
Shaping Future STEM Leaders

Internship Experiences

Engineering & Aviation After School

These Milestone C signature programs are designed as internship-style experiences for high school students.  Aside from specialized technical knowledge in subject areas, essential learning outcomes include the following 5 categories of professional skills that are critical to success in 21st century STEM industries:

  • Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving

  • Leadership & Teamwork

  • Professional Conduct & Confidence

  • Communication & Conflict Resolution

  • Public Speaking & Formal Presentation

Full-Length (16-32 hour) Programs Simulating Real-World Careers

These internship experiences are delivered at host school locations as after-school programs or summer camps.  Host schools can select the specific duration of each individual class, which determines how many total days or weeks each program takes.  Available internship experiences are as follows:

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INTRO. TO ENGINEERING & AVIATION (IEA)

Grades: 8-12 | Duration: 28-32 hrs. | Tuition: $920/student*
* Discounts may apply for classes larger than 10 students

A hands-on aerospace experience

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FUTURE AVIATORS ACADEMY (FAA) - Level 2

Grades: 9-12 | Duration: 14-16 hrs. | Tuition: $540/student*
* Discounts may apply for classes larger than 10 students

Bet your virtual life on your STEM skills

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ADVANCED ENGINEERING & AVIATION (AEA)

Grades: 9 - 12 | Duration: 28-32 hrs. | Tuition: $920/student*
* Discounts may apply for classes larger than 10 students

System integration & basic airmanship skills

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RACING DRONE ENGINEERING (RDE)

Grades: 8-12 | Duration: 32 hrs. | Tuition: $920/student*
* Discounts may apply for classes larger than 10 students

Grooming future design engineers

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FUTURE AVIATORS ACADEMY (FAA) - Level 1

Grades: 8-12 | Duration: 14-16 hrs. | Tuition: $540/student*
* Discounts may apply for classes larger than 10 students

The ultimate aviation exploration laboratory


Introduction to Engineering & Aviation (IEA)

Age Range: Grades 8 – 12
Duration:
 28 – 32 Hours
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $920.00 per student up to 10 students (discounts apply for larger classes)
Minimum class size: 10 students

Look no further if you have been searching for the experience to give your college application a much-needed edge!  IEA is a hands-on aerospace experience – first of its kind in STEM education and like none other.  Designed as an internship-style experience to develop future professionals, IEA builds key college & career skills in a project-based setting.

This experience revolves around an engineering project where students design, build, and fly racing drones from scratch, emulating real-world engineering practices.  However, they must first understand the basics of aerodynamics and flight, learn to work effectively in teams, and master the skill of giving technical presentations.

Student teams will pilot advanced flight simulators; design, build & fly drones; practice public speaking through design reviews; network with distinguished guest speakers; and experience team-building simulations originally designed for corporate executives.  Advanced personality type instruments are also administered to complement instruction on communication & conflict resolution in cross-functional team environments.


Advanced Engineering & Aviation (AEA)

Age Range: Grades 9 – 12
Duration:
28 – 32 Hours
Prerequisites: IEA, Basic Algebra (or equivalent)
Cost: $920.00 per student up to 10 students (discounts apply for larger classes)
Minimum class size: 10 students

Building on the IEA foundation, AEA catapults the student experience into intermediate topics in aerospace, transitioning from the “What?” and “How?” into the “Why?”.

In the engineering block, student teams venture into system integration programs, where they modify their baseline racing drones with wireless cameras and First-Person View (FPV) piloting systems.  In preparation for flight test, a significant amount of time is also spent on FPV drone-flying training using high-end drone simulators as well as real FPV drones.

Aviation ground school takes a deeper dive into aerodynamics, allowing students to grasp the reasons behind scientific principles they had previously taken as fact, using nothing more than basic algebra.  The simulator flight school portion focuses on night, instrument, and formation flying, as well as challenging crosswind landings.


Racing Drone Engineering (RDE)

Age Range: Grades 9 – 12
Duration:
28 – 32 Hours
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $920.00 per student up to 10 students (discounts apply for larger classes)
Minimum class size: 10 students

Developed by Fortune 500 engineers and commercial drone pilots, RDE combines the engineering blocks of training from IEA and AEA, creating the most engaging and advanced engineering experience available in secondary education!  Student teams embark on an engineering project to design, build, and fly racing drones from scratch, emulating real-world engineering practices.  Upon final design presentations, this engineering development program quickly transitions into a system integration program, where students must modify their previously-built and flight-tested drones with wireless cameras and First-Person View (FPV) piloting systems.  The engineering experience is supplemented with drone-pertinent aerodynamics knowledge, as well as extensive flight training utilizing Line-of-Sight (LOS) and First-Person View (FPV) simulators and drones.  This experience has been created with a sharp technical focus to groom future design engineers and drone technology professionals.


Future Aviators Academy (FAA) - Level 1

Age Range: Grades 9 – 12
Duration:
14 – 16 Hours
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $540.00 per student up to 10 students (discounts apply for larger classes)
Minimum class size: 10 students

As the first of its kind available to high school students, FAA is the ultimate aviation exploration laboratory where dreams take flight!  Developed and instructed by veteran aviators and aerospace engineers, FAA launches students into a real-world flight school experience in the safety of the classroom.  The primary objective of the FAA progression is to put high school math and science classes into applied context through the thrilling real-world framework of aviation.  As students plan, brief, execute, and debrief realistic mission scenarios; pilot advanced flight simulators; explore careers in aviation; and work in teams to survive simulated emergencies, they will acquire key professional skills useful beyond the confines of aviation.

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Future Aviators Academy (FAA) - Level 2

Age Range: Grades 9 – 12
Duration:
14 – 16 Hours
Prerequisites: FAA – Level 1, Basic Algebra (or equivalent)
Cost: $540.00 per student up to 10 students (discounts apply for larger classes)
Minimum class size: 10 students

There is no environment that showcases real-world applications physics and geometry than instrument and formation flight.  Continuing to build on Level 1 basics, this high-flying STEM experience is the single most comprehensive, engaging, and dynamic aviation experience available to high schools!  Students will quickly develop the ability to visualize and solve complex problems in 3 dimensions through basic algebra and simulator training on instrument approaches.  Students will also learn to fly in formation, within 10 feet of other simulated aircraft.  What better way to learn & apply STEM topics than to bet your virtual life on it, right?

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